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Failure to diagnose leads to wrongful death claim

It is generally expected that New Jersey doctors and hospital staff know and understand the symptoms associated with common ailments. They should be able to recognize the symptoms, perform tests to confirm their suspicions and act upon this information. When patients seek assistance, they expect to receive it. Failure to diagnose the problem can lead to additional problems.

In December 2014, a man sought treatment at his local hospital. Apparently, he had suffered a stroke; however, according to the family, hospital staff failed to accurately diagnose his condition. As a result, he did not receive the proper treatment and continued to suffer. Reports indicate that the man's condition continued to deteriorate; he suffered from respiratory failure and pneumonia. Approximately one month after his hospital visit for the apparent stroke, he went into cardiac arrest and died.

While not all stroke symptoms are easy for the average New Jersey individual to recognize, doctors and hospitals should recognize the majority of them. Additionally, there are tests that can assist in diagnosing the patient's condition and extent of damage already suffered. These aid the medical professionals in accurately diagnosing and treating the problem.

This man's family has now filed a wrongful death claim against the hospital where the man sought assistance. They claim that their failure to diagnose the initial stroke resulted in his continuing problems and eventual death. New Jersey residents who find themselves in a similar situation often have legal options available. An experienced attorney can assist in determining the appropriate course of action.

Source:, "Loretto Hospital accused of negligence in wrongful death claim", Louie Torres, Dec. 21, 2016

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